The thought of heading back to work after a couple months away and getting bombarded with messages to stay home, wash your hands constantly and practice social distancing, has many people on edge and nervous.

What is normal anymore? Will we ever really get back to a “normal” workplace environment? Is it even safe to go back?

Health authorities from around the globe have already begun loosening the lockdown restrictions, allowing some industries to resume production. Returning back to work is possible and feasible, however it will look entirely different from workplaces past.

The post-pandemic era of working is changing. If you haven’t seen the change yet, you will once you’re back in the work place.

Employers are now bound by law to take every necessary precaution to ensure employee safety. There are necessary phases companies must go through in order to open up properly.

Below, you will find an excerpt from the White House’s tri-phase plan.

“Guidelines for all phases –

Employers:

Develop and implement appropriate policies, per Federal, State, and local regulations and guidance, and informed by industry best practices, regarding:

  • Social distancing and protective equipment
  • Temperature checks
  • Sanitation
  • Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
  • Business travel

Monitor the workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.

Develop and implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following employee COVID + test.”

Source: White House Gov – Opening America (Guidelines)

Back to work in the post-pandemic era is possible. However, we have to and need to follow some rules. As a business owner, you have to guarantee the safety of your employees. Try to work with the local authorities to make sure you meet all the requirements. Work with your employees to come up with the best solutions for everyone involved.